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University of Kent

American Studies (Literature)

UCAS Code: T700
BA (Hons) 4 years full-time, abroad 2017
Ucas points guide

128

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • American studies
Student score
78% LOW
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

Grades ABB required including grade B in English literature or English language & Literature (English Literature at grade B or English - Language & Literature at grade B).

Scottish Highers
ABBBB

English at grade A.

Scottish Advanced Highers
ABB

English at grade B.

BTEC Diploma
MMM

Grade B in English Literature OR English language & Literature A level also required

BTEC Certificate
DD

grade B in English Literature OR English language & Literature A level also required

BTEC Award
D

Two additional A level equivalent qualifications required including grade B in English Literature OR English language & Literature A level

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
DD

Grade B in English Literature OR English language & Literature A level also required

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
D

Two additional A level equivalent qualifications required including grade B in English Literature OR English language & Literature A level

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MMM

Grade B in English Literature OR English language & Literature A level also required

International Baccalaureate
34

34 overall OR 16 points at higher level including higher English A1/A2/B at 5/6/6

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Kent provides a blend of established staples in American Studies such as the Civil War, slavery and contemporary politics, along with innovative modules on Native American literature, US environmental issues, and Latin American history and culture (including a Spanish language option). A wide range of modules are on offer in both three- and four-year programmes. This programme is a four-year degree (with one year abroad) and specialises in American literature. We offer alternative American Studies degrees, all with the option of spending time at a US university. Each programme allows you to shape your degree into something unique and challenging. For more details, see 'related to this course' below. The University of Kent has been teaching and researching in the field of American Studies since 1973. The programme is taught by an impressive range of internationally recognised scholars who specialise in American film, literature, history and politics.

Modules

Stage 1: Introduction to American studies; romanticism and critical theory; options. Stage 2: single discipline extended essay; options including early American literature, 1630-1880; modern American literature: from the closing of the frontier to the end of the cold war. Stage 3: the American century?: the USA since 1970; interdisciplinary extended essay; options including: innovation and experimentation in New York, 1945-1995; native American cultures; 19th century American short story.

University of Kent

Students relax

Kent provides a wealth of European and international opportunities for study, work and travel, a stimulating and effective learning community that focuses on the individual and excellent research-led teaching. The main Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of park land half-an-hour's walk from the city centre, surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
28%
72%

Year 1

11%
89%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

11%
89%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
27%
63%
10%

Year 1

45%
45%
10%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

92%
8%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 84%
Student score 78% LOW
Able to access IT resources

88%

Staff made the subject interesting

76%

Library resources are satisfactory

72%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

60%

Staff are good at explaining things

76%

Received sufficient advice and support

68%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
42% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
285 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
90% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are other administrative occupations

6%

Graduates who are public services and other associate professionals

6%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Just 620 UK students graduated with American studies degrees in 2012, so it's one of the smaller subjects in terms of student numbers. The recession has been rough on graduates from these degrees and the unemployment rate is currently higher than we'd expect in better economic conditions, but this should get better as the economy improves. Most graduates stay in the UK once they graduate, and about one in five go into further study, mostly to take Masters degrees in subjects like history, journalism, politics and business. Graduates tend to go into any general graduate jobs, in management, education, marketing and PR, the arts and business project management.
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